On Tuesday of Jesus’ final week before his death, while he spent time in the temple teaching, his enemies challenged him with questions. Jesus answered them so well, they eventually stopped asking. Then came a break in the action. Mark 12:41 tells us that Jesus sat down near the place people placed their monetary offerings. He and his disciples must have watched for a while. For it says many rich people threw in large amounts. I like those words “threw in” for the rich were tossing large numbers of coins into a container. It was probably a bit noisy as all the coins rattled around!
Then a poor widow deposited two small coins worth practically nothing. They barely made a clink as they fell in. But Jesus was impressed. He motioned his disciple to gather to him and said this: “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.”
Isn’t it great, that Jesus measures the heart with which we give, not the amount? This widow had the faith to give everything in the midst of her poverty. You and I may never accomplish great things for God. We may not give millions of dollars. What matters isn’t the amount we accomplish or give. The important thing is when we give our all, no matter how small, Jesus is pleased.
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